Legislation / Legal
CLG: A legal minefield that can pressure councils into handing out bumper pay-offs to chief executives they want to dismiss is to be scrapped. Slow & costly bureaucracy that requires councils to appoint an independent person, usually a Queen's Counsel, to review dismissal & disciplinary cases for Chief Executives is to be changed.
Councils seeking to dismiss a chief executive for misconduct or poor performance often pay out inflated lump sums to avoid the cost of taking this bureaucratic route. Mr Pickles intends to remove this expensive roadblock, which does not exist in other parts of Government or the private sector.
EHRC: The Equality and Human Rights Commission has welcomed a Court decision which confirms that public authorities should consider the needs of older & disabled people when planning their services.
BIS: New research, jointly commissioned by the Sutton Trust and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills from UCAS, and published recently, surveyed over 13,000 students to look at the reasons for the university choices made by young people who gained at least three Bs at A level.
The research follows a Sutton Trust report in 2004 that identified around 3,000 young people who gain the necessary A level grades to get into the 13 most selective universities which take 30,000 students each year, but don’t end up at these universities.